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A Kindle and its donation journey, in 7 steps, to the Kindle Classroom Project

IMG_20141101_203803241favicon  “It’s amazing!” one friend told me the other day. “How do you get all these Kindles?”

The short answer is, The Kindles magically arrive on my stoop, shipped from generous donors across the country.

But it’s a little more than that. Here are the steps by which a used Kindle comes to the Kindle Classroom Project.

1. A person comes upon an extra Kindle.
Maybe they upgraded to a Kindle Voyage. Or maybe Santa brought them an iPad.

One donor from Houston recently sent me six Kindles — from the Kindle 2 model all the way to the Kindle Fire. Now that’s a serious reader and Kindle enthusiast!

And then there was a donor last January from Colorado, who sent me seven Kindles — all part of a research and development project (that led to a patent).

But usually, the person has one Kindle and a decision to make: What should I do with this?

2. The person finds the KCP and makes a generous choice.
Here’s an important part of the story. Most people, when finding themselves with an extra Kindle, may think to recycle the device, or else to give it to a family member, or maybe to a community organization, or to a library.

Not KCP donors. They’re thinking big and generously, and for the most part, they’re thinking the Internet.

I haven’t asked too many people how they’ve found the KCP, but usually, it’s in one of three ways: (a) via a Google search, (b) via word of mouth, (c) via another online post (like this one from my friend Iris, or this recent one on Edutopia from my colleague Bob).

After finding the KCP, the generous person may check out the Kindle Classroom Project page, and maybe the Contribute page.

And then comes the most important step.

3. That generous person fills out the Kindle submission form.
The potential donor navigates to Donate Your Kindle on Iserotope and sees the modest form in the middle of the page. Filling out the form takes a lot of trust.

After all, it’s not like Iserotope is a polished, professional website run by a corporate-funded non-profit organization. It’s just me, right? But I do think donors see and can feel the KCP spirit.

In a leap of faith, the potential donor — wherever he or she is (New York? Iowa? California? Kansas?) fills out this form.

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4. I get an email receipt of the form and write a quick note back.
This is the part that always seems like magic. Maybe it’ll be at home, or maybe at work, or maybe on my phone. Each time, the email is a wonderful surprise, no matter if it’s the first form submission I’ve gotten in a week or the second that day.

I quickly write a short but personal note back to the donor, letting him or her know my thanks and where to send the Kindle. Donors have told me that they appreciate that they receive a return email quickly and that it’s clearly written personally and just for them.

5. The generous donor ships the Kindle, and it arrives safely.
Let’s pause and consider what’s happening. A complete and total stranger has decided to donate a working e-reader — which retails anywhere from $69 to $199 — to students in the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s already generous.

What’s even more generous is that most people also contribute a Kindle case and Kindle charger, plus they ship everything (another expense) to my address. It’s a big deal.

Also, you can tell how much generous donors love their Kindles. They really know how to keep their Kindles safe! The packaging is always exquisite: bubble wrap, packaging tape, sturdy boxes. Like this:

Delivered Kindles

6. I thank the generous person and register the Kindle.
Now comes the fun part. The donor gets an immediate thank-you email message, and I write a thank-you card that includes my business card (thanks, Iris and Donovan).

KCP Business Card

The donation also gets announced on Twitter and Facebook and recorded on my KCP donations spreadsheet. This is also the time to change the total number of Kindles on Iserotope.

Charging and registering the Kindle doesn’t take too long. The serial number, donor, and Kindle name are copied on Amazon’s website as well as on my Kindle Inventory spreadsheet. Everything is ready to go!

7. The Kindle goes to an eager student.
The best step, of course, is the last one. It’s when the connection is made between the generous donor and an eager student.

The generous donor, by taking all the steps to contribute his or her Kindle, cares deeply about young people and their reading lives.

The eager student, by accepting the Kindle and agreeing to take care of it, is reclaiming his or her love of reading and embarking on a reading journey.

When I meet with students, I identify the donor by first name and the donor’s city of residence. Students are always surprised and grateful, no matter if the donor comes from San Francisco or Saskatoon.

In just seven steps, now a new student has a Kindle in his or her backpack and a library of books to read.

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Note: Most Kindles are donated this way. But not all. Over the past two years, more than 30 Kindles have come new to the KCP, thanks to generous donors. Right now, students in San Francisco and Hayward are reading on Kindles that generous donors bought on the KCP Amazon Wishlist. I thank those donors, too!

To donate your used Kindle, go to http://iserotope.com/donate-kindle
To purchase a new Kindle, go to http://j.mp/kcpwishlist
To donate to the Kindle Library, go to http://j.mp/kcpquickdonate

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Things are getting serious! The Kindle Classroom Project gets business cards.

favicon When you have a business card, you know you’re legit. Right?

Well, everyone, it’s time to bask in the Kindle Classroom Project’s legitimacy. Because of the generosity of Iris and Donovan (San Diego, CA), the KCP now has business cards.

And they look absolutely great!

Let’s take a look. Here’s the front:

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And here’s the back:

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I am very, very appreciative of the time, effort, and care that Donovan and Iris put into making these cards. They have been long-time supporters of the KCP, and their enthusiasm for the project never wanes. They’ve also pushed me to think bigger, which is sometimes hard for me.

It’s time that more people learn about the Kindle Classroom Project, and these business cards are a great way to get the word out.

Do you want one? Let me know in the comments!

(Advanced: See what happens if you scan that QR code!) favicon

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Want a crazy easy way to donate money?


favicon Want to give a little donation to the Kindle Classroom Project but don’t want to be bothered by annoying multi-step processes that take forever? I think I have a solution for you.

Cash lets you send money via email. It’s from Square, whose founder founded Twitter.

The money you send comes from your debit card. It goes right to my inbox, then directly to my Kindle Classroom project debit card.

See how easy? Are you interested? Maybe you want to try it out by donating $10 for a book? Here’s how:

1. Click on the beautiful green SEND CASH button above.
Magically, an email will pop up that’s addressed to me from you.

2. If you like, change the amount you want to send me in the subject heading.
Go ahead, make it $100 instead of $10. 🙂

3. Press send.
You’ll then receive a reply from Square asking you to link your debit card. After that, that’s that!

All right, why don’t you try it now? If you tried it, thank you! You’ll get an email back from me very shortly!

I would like to give credit to Michael Schultz, who wrote this post on Medium that introduced me to Cash — and who designed the button above. Also thanks to my friend Iris, who made the button work on Iserotope! favicon

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More good press for the Kindle Classroom Project!


favicon I am very pleased to report that the Kindle Classroom Project has received more good press.

My very good friend Iris, whom I have known for many years (wow, since high school!), wrote a kind blog post on her professional website. Check it out!

I am very appreciative. Thank you, Iris.

Iris is a life coach and the owner of Know Your Greatness Coaching. She coaches people to live their best lives — how to challenge your perfectionism and other challenging habits, how to get unstuck and realize your greatness, and how to make a bigger impact in the world.

I’ve participated in a few coaching sessions with Iris, and I am very impressed. She helped me get through a personal challenge and made action steps manageable to take. Iris even followed up with me to check in and track my progress!

In addition to her skilled coaching, Iris is a consistent and committed supporter of the Kindle Classroom Project. She has donated multiple Kindles to the project and has gotten the word out to friends, which has yielded even more Kindles. It’s heartwarming to know that Iris is looking out for me and for the reading lives of my students.

I can’t wait to see if Iris’s post encourages additional people to donate Kindles to the Kindle Classroom Project. Even if it does not bring in more Kindles, I am grateful for the positive publicity. The word is getting out! favicon